Posted:13 April 2021
Author: Cheryl Lovstrom, Community Learning Network
Found in: Adult Literacy
Now Playing: Reading Materials for Literacy Learners – A Tale of Two Papers
Featuring: English Express & The West Coast Reader
As the curtain rises, we see two people seated comfortably at a table together (appropriately spaced and wearing masks, of course). Margaret, a tutor at Anytown CALP, and Joanne, a learner who is working on their reading skills, discuss this week’s plan. They appear to be chatting about something on the table. Let’s listen in…
Margaret – Last week you told me you really enjoyed the newspaper article we worked on, and I know you don’t always like reading from a book. I did a little digging and found some resources I think you might really like.
Joanne – Really?! That’s great to hear because, to tell you the truth, those text books were really intimidating. I felt like I was back in school and had a knot in my stomach just thinking about having to read more. Can you tell me more about this new stuff?
Margaret – This is nothing like a text book! Thanks for telling me, by the way, because now I know not to bring those anymore. [Stage note: this is exactly what the director meant by informal assessment. The tutor takes their cue from the learner, and makes the change to a learner-centred approach]
What I brought for you today is a sample from a couple of online newspapers I found. Don’t worry, we don’t have to read them on screen unless you want to. Each copy is downloadable.
Joanne – I always feel so silly reading the newspaper. I can’t understand all of the words and I get mixed up. It would be really nice to be able to talk to my friends about something that’s not on social media. Do you think these will work for me?
Margaret – I’m sure they will! Let me tell you a little about them.
The first one is called English Express. Do you remember the Portal, where I get a lot of our resources? Well, it lives right there, so I can get copies any time we want. We can even look up titles together. [Stage note: this excellent resource can be found at: https://calp.ca/express - no login necessary]
English Express has a lot of neat features: (Image Source: (April 13 2021) https://calp.ca/_uploads/5c2664eb24be4.pdf)
Joanne – That sounds like it’ll be fun! What’s the other resource you found?
Margaret – Well, if you like the sound of English Express, you’re going to love The West Coast Reader. [Stage note: access The West Coast Reader at https://thewestcoastreader.com/]
(Image Source: (April 13 2021) https://thewestcoastreader.com/newspapers/)
What do you think? Do you want to give it a try?
Joanne – Yes! I really like how we can choose things that are interesting and I can go at my own pace. It’ll be good to practice reading a newspaper, too.
The two pick up a copy of English Express and start exploring its features.
Fade to black and curtain closes.
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